Jason Vertucio

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George Takei on Internment

Screen Shot 2016-07-21 at 7.11.07 AMHere is a great read on history from Star Trek actor George Takei, and how it could apply to current events. Specifically, it addresses Trump’s hate speech, and one possible outcome in a future where he becomes president.

It’s terrifying, depressing, and also insane that we as Americans would come anywhere close to this being allowed.

I used to joke about extracting myself from this country if he ever won. As it becomes more of a possibility, I consider that silly daydream of mine more seriously.

This is not my America. I don’t live in a place that allows an institutional racism, that believes it’s okay to alienate so many races just because they don’t match that of the one percent.

My America is actually the silly daydream. We won’t overcome adversity. We won’t lead ourselves into a golden age of society.

We’re just scared little children clamouring to bask in the orange day-glow of the loudest bully. Because he allows us to regress to the days when it was okay to laugh at the fat kid. Or push some kid down the stairs and call him a nigger. Post a sign barring lesser white folks from employment.

I wish I could have my America. But I can’t be hopeful when I have family who aren’t even reasonable. But just because we weren’t Asian in America in the 1940s, I guess we don’t really care about it happening again.

And they’re already setting up camp.

Ageing ungracefully

the big four oh

I realized that in less than three and a half years I’ll be turning forty. It doesn’t seem so scary anymore. Maybe the whole being single part, but then again I ain’t gonna find no one who loves me more than me anyway. And I spoil myself when I can!

(I can’t wait till I can buy myself a Tesla. Man, the look in my eyes when I roll into the driveway in one of them.)

Back when I was a kid, I decided the thirties was gonna be a great decade for me. And you know what? It was. I never thought, damn I’m gonna be too old at 30. Never even thought that I’d be old till I’m fifty. Nowadays, I don’t think I’m gonna think I’m old till I’m seventy. Or eighty.

My parents are nearing those ages. They’re still alive and kicking and moving and shaking and whatever old people do. That’ll probably be me someday, too. I look forward to it. Hopefully I’ll have taken care of my body so isn’t broken and in pieces by then.

And then there are the people who turn 26 and whine that they’re ancient. That there’s nothing left for them in life anymore. I’ve known a couple; as I get older my friends or acquaintances tend to get younger.

I just want to tell those people, their twenties are gonna suck. I know for a fact their thirties are gonna be awesome. And if they don’t screw it up, their 40s and 50s might be great, too. Be a grown up and do grown up things. Or don’t. Just allow yourself to get older. It’s cool. It’s gonna be hella cooler than it is now. Unless you’re the type who relives your high school days for the rest of your life.

Look forward. It’s a brighter future, even if this world gets bleaker and bleaker.

Recap: Your Secret Identity, featured open mic artist Jan 21, 2015

set-list

So last night I got to play as a featured artist at Hebe’s Wednesday night open mic, so I used the band name. It was a little snowy, which means EVERYONE BUY ALL THE BREAD AND MILK THAT YOU CAN AND BATTON DOWN THE WINDOWS! DON’T GO ANYWHERE! IT’S DANGEROUS TO GO OUTSIDE! but there were a bunch of cool younger musicians out. I had the enigmatic Brian Foy playing cajon for me and of course we killed it.

I even got a buck for stripping. Probably would have gotten more if I took more than my sweater off.

The set list was:

  • A Lost Cause (Nothing to Offer You)
  • Dizzy
  • Stare Down the Moon
  • Always Something There to Remind Me [by Naked Eyes]
  • Close to You
  • Just Like Heaven [by the Cure]
  • The Sun Goes Down on Jenni

I’m raising money for men’s health

moustache

Why am I part of the Movember movement? Because men’s health is important to me, as a man. I mean, that’s kind of obvious. Prostate cancer is the second-most common cancer among men in the US. 1 in 7 will be diagnosed over the course of their life. 1 in 36 could die from this. the older we get, the more prone we are.

And prostate cancer is pretty nasty. The idea of walking around with a tumor down there is just gross.

Enter the Movember Foundation

Movember focuses on some of the big ones: testicular cancer, prostate cancer. Mental health.

How? By making men do one of the manliest things they can do: grow a moustache.

Movember isn’t just some little fad that hipsters do. I actually imagine them not doing it cos they were doing moustaches before they were cool (though in all honesty, Tom Selleck did moustaches before they were cool; he made them cool). Movember has been investing in programs devoted to men’s health since 2004. They even have an entire page dedicated to explaining what they do with the money raised.

I’m a little late to the game, so to speak. But luckily I haven’t shaved since Halloween night. So I started Day 1 of Movember with that clean slate. I’ll be about eight pictures short this month, but I am pledging to grow out a moustache this month. It’ll be a difficult one, cos my face just doesn’t like growing a moustache. But I believe in myself. Most importantly, I believe in my face.

Follow me, and every day we’ll get to see the progress of my own moustache. And if you can, please back me in my pledge to raise awareness through the power of facial hair. You can click below or just go to http://mobro.co/jayvertucio.